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Colac has a population of approximately 11,770 (Census SA2 2011, ABS) and is in the Colac Otway Shire area.

Key industries and employers
Food processing
Map of Victoria indicating the location of Colac
A dairy worker stands in front of the milking shed

Finding a job in Colac

About Colac

The bike path at Lake Colac

Average temperatures

Season Average maximum Average minimum
Summer 25.7°C 10.7°C
Winter 12.5°C 3.9°C

Average travel time to Melbourne (150km)

Transport Time
Car 2 hr 45 mins
2 hrs
2 hrs 20 mins

Housing costs

Median cost
Purchase Rental per week
House $242,500
(Sept 2015)
(June 2015)
(Sept 2015)
(June 2015)

Source: Purchase prices - Rental prices - Department of Health & Human Services Rental Report

To find a local real estate agent, visit the REIV agent directory

For information about local hotels, motels and caravan parks, visit Great Ocean Road accommodation on the Visit Victoria website

Cultural groups

Migrants from Languages spoken
England (1.5%) Italian (0.6%)
New Zealand (0.9%) Mandarin (0.4%)
Italy (0.5%) Arabic (0.3%)
China (0.4%) Dutch (0.1%)
Netherlands (0.3%) Hindi (0.1%)
Source: Census SA2 2011, ABS


Schools Health care
4 primary schools
Colac Area Health
1 secondary schools
1 special school
1 university or TAFE campus
Find a school at the Department of Education and Early Childhood development website or find out more about education and childcare in Victoria. Visit the Victorian Better Health Channel's health services directory for more information.

Sport and recreation

For more information about sport and recreation in Colac, please visit the Colac Otway Shire website.

Places of worship

For more information about where you can practice your faith, visit your religion's Australian website. Select 'pages from Australia' if searching for your religion in Google

Colac attractions

  • Join a dusk or dawn canoe tour to see platypus in Lake Elizabeth
  • Discover great local food and wine on the Otway Gourmet Food trail
  • Sail, row, water-ski or fish on Lake Colac
  • Colac Country Music Festival (February)
  • Kana Festival (March)